4 Essential Tools You Should Have Around The House

When something breaks around the house, you may be tempted to call a professional to take care of the problem. While that’s a great idea when dealing with complex home maintenance tasks like electricity and plumbing, you could find yourself losing money paying the pros to tackle a quick fix that you could take care of yourself. When it comes to these basic repairs, all you really need are the right tools and the internet! Here are 4 tools that any homeowner should keep around in case you need to fix something yourself.

  1. Screwdrivers — Phillips head and flathead screwdrivers in a few different sizes are absolutely essential. Whether you need to tighten a loose doorknob, remove a light switch plate, or pry open a stubborn lid, a screwdriver will come in handy regularly. If you find yourself using them a lot for DIY projects or heavier duty repairs, you may even want to invest in an electric screwdriver/drill.
  2. Tape measure — Having an easy way to measure the full length of a room or space can save you the trouble of rearranging only to find out that something doesn’t fit. Plus, if you’re going shopping for new furniture, it allows you to know for sure how much space your new pieces can take up without displacing your other furniture.
  3. Pliers — It’s always a good idea to keep a few different types of pliers around. You may need them to get a good grip on something to loosen or tighten it, or to bend back a metal item that’s been bent out of shape. Plus, many types of pliers have a section of the jaws made to cut wire cleanly and easily.
  4. Utility knife — There may be no quicker way to injure yourself than using a kitchen knife or an open pair of scissors on something that you should be using a utility knife for! Pick up a good quality one with a retractable blade and keep it in a convenient spot so you can easily access it for opening packages and such.
  5. If you aren’t sure which tools are worth investing in, pick up a general toolkit as a starting point. Then, as you learn what other tools will become useful, you can add to your collection over time. If a project seems too large, there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional, but having tools on hand can be helpful!

Thanks to Sidney Stonecypher from People’s Bank for the information! Give her a call for any of your home mortgage needs at (360) 650-5365.

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